Learn how to set-up your guitar from start to finish beginning with: Adjusting The String Height. Followed by: Adjusting The Truss Rod. Then Finishing up with: Setting The Intonation.
Follow along with this guide to learn how to string-up, set-up, and keep your locking tremolo playing the best that it can.
Locking tuners reduce the slack at the peg head end of the guitar string while clamping the string to the tuning post, thus working to stabilize the guitar’s tuning. But are locking tuner upgrades always the best option?
What could be simpler? Tune up with your phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet computer, anywhere, anytime. High Definition let’s you view this play along tuner from across the room. Add it to your favorites & Playlists on YouTube.
More tuning videos here: Guitar, Bass, and Mandolin.
A down and dirty repair job on an inexpensive Mandolin. Follow along and see how a fret dress is done, as well as the issues that crop up when working on a delicate instrument. Read the full article here.
Take a few minutes to check out the virtual guitar instrument in Garageband on the iPad. Lots of fun with real guitar-style bending and playing techniques. It’s like GuitarHero on steroids! The recording and editing functions are worthy of having fun and sketching out ideas on the road or on the couch. If you ever wanted a guitar set-up perfectly for tapping ala Eddie VanHalen – this app is for you!
Watch GarageBand’s Virtual Guitar in action here.
are a great way to see and hear some of the gear we review.
We start with a guitar that’s well set-up. The intonation has been set, the strings are fresh – then we feed the guitar signal into our trusty Traynor YCV50 Watt Custom Blue amp – retrofitted with KT77 tubes from Eurotubes. From the amp we send a direct signal to our recording set-up, a Pro Tools Rack System to record the pre amp signal.
After we jam for a bit we then send the signal back to the amp and record the signal with a Shure SM57 in the front of the amp and a high quality condenser facing the rear of the amp. The back channel mic’s signal is inverted in the software so that what you hear is pure amp tone just as it was played and recorded.
We do some minor editing to take out the really bad ‘flubs’ then mix down the signal with minimal FX for the videos. We then add our photos of the actual instrument reviewed, shot on location under color correct lighting then edited into a slide show presentation.